Art: Good Medicine

The paintings were spread flat on the floor, surrounded by tiny fences. Gallerygoers threaded among them at Colorado Springs last week like children in a greenhouse, fascinated by things they never imagined before. At their feet, protected by painted rainbows and sacred animals, lay Mother Earth and Father Sky, Dawn Boy, Sun and Moon—all weirdly elongated figures, with plumed, square masks for the female powers and round masks for the male. Carrying medicine bundles and lightning, they paraded among cornstalks, bluebirds and a host of stranger Powers, including Dontso the Fly.

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